Classic songs that vied for Oscar — not!

Movie music expert Jon Burlingame mines the vaults for a few overlooked gems that escaped the Acad's grasp

1937
Not nominated: “Someday My Prince Will Come” from “Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs;” songwriters: Frank Churchill, Larry Morey, performer: Adriana Caselotti
Winning tune: “Sweet Leilani” from “Waikiki Wedding;” songwriter: Harry Owens

1944
Not nominated: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from “Meet Me in St. Louis;” songwriters: Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin; performer: Judy Garland
Winning tune: “Swinging on a Star” from “Going My Way;” songwriters: James Van Heusen, Johnny Burke

1951
Not nominated: “Silver Bells” from “The Lemon Drop Kid;” songwriters: Jay Livingston, Ray Evans; performer: Bob Hope
Winning tune: “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening” from “Here Comes the Groom;” songwriters: Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer

1956
Not nominated: “Love Me Tender” from “Love Me Tender;” songwriters: Elvis Presley, Vera Matson; performer: Elvis Presley
Winning tune: “Que Sera, Sera” from “The Man Who Knew Too Much;” songwriters: Jay Livingston, Ray Evans

1964
Not nominated: “A Hard Day’s Night” from “A Hard Day’s Night;” songwriters: John Lennon, Paul McCartney; perfomers: The Beatles
Winning tune: “Chim Chim Cher-ee” from “Mary Poppins;” songwriters: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman

1968
Not nominated: “In the Heat of the Night” from “In the Heat of the Night;” songwriters: Quincy Jones, Marilyn & Alan Bergman; performer: Ray Charles
Winning tune: “The Windmills of Your Mind” from “The Thomas Crown Affair;” songwriters: Michel Legrand, Marilyn & Alan Bergman

1972
Not nominated: “Superfly” from “Superfly;” songwriter: Curtis Mayfield; performer: Curtis Mayfield
Winning tune: “The Morning After” from “The Poseidon Adventure;” songwriters: Al Kasha, Joel Hirschhorn

1973
Not nominated: “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” from “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid;” songwriter: Bob Dylan; performer: Bob Dylan
Winning tune: “The Way We Were” from “The Way We Were;” songwriters: Marvin Hamlisch-Marilyn & Alan Bergman

1977
Not nominated: “Staying Alive,” “Night Fever” from “Saturday Night Fever;” songwriters: Barry, Robin, Maurice Gibb; performers: the Bee Gees
Winning tune: “You Light Up My Life” from “You Light Up My Life;” songwriter: Joe Brooks

1999
Not nominated: “Beautiful Stranger” from “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me;” songwriters: Madonna, William Orbit; performer: Madonna
Winning tune: “You’ll Be in My Heart” from “Tarzan;” songwriter: Phil Collins

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